Books to Watch For Next Week

Here’s an early jump on some titles going on sale next week that we’re likely to be hearing more about (for more titles, check B&’s Coming Soon section).

Phillippa Gregory returns with The White Queen, about Britain’s wars of the Plantagenets, with a more cinematic jacket look than usual for Gregory (perhaps influenced by huge success of the tie-in to the film of The Other Boleyn Girl). People heralds it this week with 3.5 of a possible 4 stars,

…Gregory’s lush detail and deft storytelling are all in top form here, making The White Queen both mesmerizing and historically rich.

Libraries we checked showed high reserves on orders of up to 56 copies. This is the first of a planned trilogy.

The White Queen: A Novel
Philippa Gregory
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Touchstone – (2009-08-18)
ISBN / EAN: 1416563687 / 9781416563686

Audio available from Simon & Schuster Audio

  • CD: $29.99; ISBN 9780743582292

Large print available from Thorndike

  • $34.95; ISBN 9781410419309

Gail Parkin’s debut novel Baking Cakes in Kigali is an Indie Next pick for September. Set in Rwanda, it features a woman who finds healing after the losses of her two grown children, as we mentioned in an earlier post. Libraries we checked are showing modest reserves and under 10 copies on order. This could be a sleeper.

Baking Cakes in Kigali: A Novel
Gaile Parkin
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-08-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0385343434 / 9780385343435

Born Round: The Secret History of a Full-Time Eater by New York Times food critic Frank Bruni gets a B+ in Entertainment Weekly. Libraries are showing modest reserves on modest orders. Our guess is that it’s likely to get enough review attention to change that.

Born Round
Frank Bruni
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press Hardcover – (2009-07-21)
ISBN / EAN: 9781594202315/1594202311

Also available on Penguin Audio

  • CD: $39.95: ISBN 9780143145240

One Response to “Books to Watch For Next Week”

  1. Kat Meyer Says:

    Hey Charlotte:
    Did you see that Phillpa Gregory is tweeting as the “White Queen” character Elizabeth Woodville?
    Kind of a cool marketing effort. And the book has a twitter account as well: – will be interesting to see if it catches on/has any effect with readers.